Are you planning to pop the question this Christmas? Nervous? Need inspiration for how to make it extra special? Or just a good talking to to keep you calm?
Well, let me just start with CONGRATULATIONS. It’s a HUGE decision you’ve come to, not one to be taken lightly (I’m not helping with those nerves, am I?). I don’t doubt you’ve given it a lot of thought and may now be running low on ideas for how to actually do it.
I’m a Leicester wedding photographer, so I’ve heard a few tales of romantic, funny and different marriage proposals. New York has been the most popular proposal destination I’ve heard about in 2017. But closer to home can be just as magical, particularly at this time of year.
Christmas is one of the most popular times of year for proposals. Personally, I put this down to lazy men who can’t think of any special Christmas gifts! But many would argue, it’s actually because it’s a very romantic time of year. Traditionally we all down tools (ok, only for one day these days!) and spend our time with those who mean the most to us. Family, friends and, of course, our partners. If you know your life together is headed in that direction, it’s a great time to do it and to be able to announce your betrothal to family face-to-face over the festive season.
So have you thought about HOW you will do the deed? On bended knee? Whilst being serenaded by carol singers? At Christmas dinner, in front of the whole family?
Here’s my top 5 suggestions for how to surprise her (or him) with your festive proposal.
- I’m sure we’ve all seen this photographic christmas proposal from back in 2013. But if you’re a close family, it’d be so fab to get them all involved. Just so long as they can keep the secret.
- You could hang the ring on the Christmas tree. To keep it safe, pop it inside one of those transparent, hinged baubles intended to house a photo. Add a photo of the two of you to make it even more special. Oooh, ooh, or a photo of you down on one knee!!
- Get crafty and make your own christmas cracker with a cryptic joke (Q: What did Santa Claus say to Mrs Claus on the first Christmas Eve? A: Will you marry me?) and a toy ring hidden within.
- Get Santa to help, either at a grotto or by popping that special gift in the stocking. Under the traditional chocolate coins and new socks!
- Taking the kids to panto this year? If you’re confident the answer to your proposal will be a Yes, why not have the panto dame pop the question for you along with the traditional birthday announcements? “Did she say yes?” Oh no she didn’t. Oh, YES SHE DID!
Don’t forget that you don’t even have to choose a ring to do this. If your partner would rather choose his/her own engagement ring, you could present them with an empty box or a toy ring and a voucher for a shopping trip. Or, go one better, and choose a diamond from the wonderful Thorpe & Brown in Burbage, where Jo and her team will later design a setting for that diamond to your (or your fiancée’s) exact specifications.
To see more wedding and engagement images, please have a look at my photography portfolio. Good luck. I hope it all goes to plan and do let me know how you did it and when you’re ready to set a date!